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Monday News: Military Dissent In N. Korea?; Guatemala Volcano; Can Trump Pardon Himself?; VA LCV Calls Out Northam’s “Vacuum of Leadership” on Environment

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, June 4.

  • RobertColgan

    I am now of the opinion that getting rid of Trump, getting rid of most of the career politicians in DC………won’t accomplish anything more than rearranging the Titanic deck chairs.
    Capitalism leads to excess, nurtures greed, creates competition/conflict, runs roughshod over the environment, evolves to ruling by force, and encourages militarism for eliminating excess production and maintaining foment/chaos for territorial expansion.

    So………I’m not real optimistic here.

    Nonetheless, promoting The Commons demands we do what we can.
    The more women we can elect to office, the better. Some of them will be male-(jock)-supporters, but the more women elected the fewer by percentage of that type hopefully.
    Getting rid of militarists is most important: if any candidates openly advocate for police rights, or arms rights, the “need” for defense, or an ‘us vs them’ mentality they don’t pass muster.
    Candidates who push for banking regulations, high progressive taxation, universal healthcare, environmental safeguards, alternate energy production and uses, workers’ rights, Bill of Rights primacy —in effect reining in the madness of the current administration—- should merit office.

    But I’m not real optimistic. In a country in which a large percentage are brainwashed to believe whatever works best for their handlers and only a small percentage vote, true democracy will never exist, and true reform never happen.

  • Theocrat, anti-LGBT bigot Ewwww Jackson reaction to SCOTUS decision:” Praise God!”

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/ewwwscotuscake.jpg

  • Rep. Donald McEachin on SCOTUS ruling: “The Supreme Court’s narrowly-tailored ruling today leaves broader questions unresolved. Since my time in the Virginia General Assembly, I have stood with the #LGBTQ community, fighting against discriminatory laws that attempt to deny individuals human rights and services. I have continued that fight in Congress, including cosponsoring the Equality Act of 2017. While today’s decision is disappointing, it further underscores the importance of nationwide nondiscrimination protections, such as the Equality Act. I remain hopeful that our nation will reject discrimination and continue to push for equality for all individuals.”

  • Audio: Martha Boneta predicts Nick Freitas will defeat Corey Stewart for VA GOP U.S. Senate nomination next Tuesday

    https://youtu.be/NPrNzf9BMmQ?t=58s

  • From Equality Virginia:

    Supreme Court Gives Narrow Win to Baker, But Upholds State Nondiscrimination Protections

    Urgency for Federal Equality Act Deepens

    Today the Court recognized the harm of discrimination and reaffirmed that states can act to protect LGBT people from discrimination. The Court’s 7-2 decision in favor of the baker in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case is limited specifically to this one case and calls into question actions from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission – but it leaves intact Colorado’s LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination protections, as well as similar protections in 19 states and 200+ cities and towns. In fact, the court expressly recognized that states can seek to prevent the harms of discrimination in the marketplace, including against LGBT people.

    Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority of the Supreme Court, stated, “Our society has come to the recognition that gay persons and gay couples cannot be treated as social outcasts or as inferior in dignity and worth. For that reason the laws and the Constitution can, and in some instances must, protect them in the exercise of their civil rights.”

    Our nation decided more than 50 years ago that when a business decides to open its doors to the public, that business should be open to all. That principle reflects the core American value of treating others as we wish to be treated. That’s why businesses, civil rights advocates, religious leaders, health organizations, labor groups, LGBT people and our friends, families and allies are joining together to call on Congress to pass the Equality Act and create one set of rules for everyone.

    James Parish, executive director of Equality Virginia, said, “The majority of Virginians agree that we need to update our state’s laws to provide nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people and our families in housing, the workplace, and in places like shops and restaurants. Now, we need all hands on deck to make it happen!”

    Rebecca Isaacs, Executive Director of Equality Federation said, “Some will use this narrow ruling as fuel to divide us, but America is stronger when we work together and remain united for fairness across our differences in race, faith, and types of families. It is critical that we continue to fight discrimination. Full equality is our mission and that is what Equality Federation and our member organizations in every state will continue to achieve one step at a time.”